Jobseekers sometimes worry they may be passed over for a job because they’ve been unemployed “too long”. A six month job search is not uncommon yet that gap may create a negative image for some hiring managers. To strengthen your resume and your position with the interviewer you will need a viable story that delivers your true value and promise of what you can do for the company.
Here are some activities that will give you fresh success stories as well as put you in regular contact with people who may help you with your job search:
- Volunteer for a worthy cause in a non-profit organization. In this role you’ll have a greater chance to network and make valuable connections.
- Survey your strongest skills and devise a plan for keeping current with the industry trends that influence how they are used.
- Have you been considering going back to school? Finishing a degree? Perhaps now is the time.
- Join organizations important to your industry and become an active participant in their initiatives.
- Seek an internship where you can stay in the game and partner with people who are willing to share their experience and mentor you.
Enter each opportunity with two goals: To build new success stories you can share on your resume and in interviews and to build your network meeting new people and letting them see your value.